ACID TEST FOR HEAVENS: AMBOMO FIRST HURDLE IN MAJOR TITLE HUNT
Wednesday 30th January 2019
The departure of former Super-Middleweight titleholder George Groves this week and the speculation of who Anthony Joshua's opponent will be, have been news stories dominating the headlines.
However, we commence with the small-hall action on February 16 at the York Hall, while a month later, 21-year old Ricky Heavens (6-1) continues his pursuit to the top having rectified the problems from a defeat suffered in late 2018, to continue his winning form on March 16 against Serge Ambomo.
Ambomo, formally known for his career-best win over Reading welterweight Tamuka Mucha, will provide a solid, live test for Heavens, who stands 6'1 above the 5'3 Cameroonian.
Despite the reach advantage, Ambomo is known for his short, stocky, come forward, pressure style and will look to push Heavens onto the back foot and disrupt the Ealing man's rhythm over four rounds.
Having come through another mandatory four-rounder against Victor Edagha in front of a forever faithful Brentford crown in December, Heavens will be looking for the same start here and carry this confidence throughout the new year.
The atmosphere exuberated by the loyal support and sweltering conditions inside the squared circle will only add to the excitement and expectation for Heavens to come through and then target other major step-ups.
Titles have always been something circulating through 'Slick Rick's mind but to make certain that he can compete at the upper tier of the domestic level, he must produce another fashionable display so the champions of the 154lb division take notice.
The festive period has given Heavens some time to re-evaluate his plans alongside 'promoter of the year' Steve Goodwin, to remain active and chase the biggest fights out there against tough, durable opponents.
Ambomo has other plans and putting another L on Heaven's record would shatter those aspirations completely.
Heaven's cannot even look at defeat as an option but must be realistic and consummate in his preparation for this fight, knowing the threats and problems the 32-year old could cause him if not switched on fully.
Heavens has fought at the mecca of British boxing on a consistent basis, and knowing the prospect of this all being taken away from him without the victory, will make him even more determined to get down to business and produce his very best performance to date.
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